Security Manager

Career Area: Law, Compliance, and Public Safety

Occupation Group: Security


Percentile wages tell how much a certain percentage of an overall population in a geographic area or within a given industry or field makes. The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall.

An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Security Manager earns the following wages (national and state):


The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $51,721

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.


The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $60,461

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages physical security for sites and facilities, including hotels, banks, hospitals and other businesses. Oversees guards and security officers. Develops, coordinates and implements security and emergency procedures with facility management staff. Coordinates with law enforcement officials.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

North Carolina453+10.2%


A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Security Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Computer Literacy: The ability to use computers and related technology efficiently for work tasks.
  • Physical Abilities: Physical Abilities, which refers to the ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with the body, arms, and/or legs. These abilities often require strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Oral Communication: Working experience of Oral Communication. Conversation is interactive communication between two or more people. The development of conversational skills and etiquette is an important part of socialization
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Staff Management: Working experience with the management of subordinates in an organization.
  • Handling of Crisis or Emergency Situations: Crisis management is the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization, its stakeholders, or the general public.
  • Customer Billing: A customer billing is any kind of business event where a business collects money from a customer for goods or services provided.
  • Business Management: Working experience of Business Management, which is the activities associated with running a company, such as controlling, leading, monitoring, organizing, and planning.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Security Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Security Operations Management: Working experience of Security Operations Management, which is a collection of associated security activities that help to maintain the ongoing security posture of an organization. It consists of the monitoring, maintenance and management of the security aspects of the IT estate, its people, and its processes.


This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years26%
3 to 5 years49%
6 to 8 years13%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Security Site Supervisor
  • Security Manager
  • Security Site Supervisor - Unarmed
  • Security Project Manager
  • Security Site Supervisor - Armed